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Mayo Day Food Village

Mayo Day is once again bringing the best local food and chefs from the county right into the heart of the day.

Located in Walsh Street, just off the Pearse Street where the flagship music event will be taking place the food village will have demonstrations, talks and delectable local produce for sale.

A full day event has been lined up kicking off at 12.30pm and will run right throughout the day, so make sure to check it out on the day, your tastebuds won’t be disappointed.

Running order

The running order for the day is as follows.

12:30 Yvonne and Daniel from Poacher Restaurant 

1:15 The Reel Deel Brewery with Marcus Robinson

1:45 Alan Maynard From Beleek Castle hotel 

2:30 Connaught Distillery 

3:00 Rory Culkin and Gerry Luskin 

3:30 Mary and Carmel from

4:00 Ronan Fox and Laoise Quinn 

Alan Maynard – Belleek Castle and Jack Fenns Café

Alan Maynard is the executive chef at Belleek Castle and Jack Fenns Café in Ballina. Local and sustainable ingredients are passions of Alan, he cooks with raw ingredients from the Castle’s own gardens and the north Mayo area.

On Mayo Day, Alan will be preparing a stunning salmon dish using salmon supplied by local fish suppliers Clarke’s Salmon Smokery. The Clarke family in Ballina have been synonymous with wild Irish salmon since Jackie Clarke first set up business in Ballina in 1945. A family business, now managed by Jack’s son John Clarke, ensures that the traditional values from which it started are maintained and carried on.

Gerry Luskin – Luskin’s Bistro and Rory Culkin

Gerry Luskin, an experienced chef and restaurateur for the past thirty-five years is no stranger to the culinary scene. Having worked in numerous establishments such as Ashford Castle and top restaurants in Manhattan New York, his reputation precedes him. At present, he owns a family run restaurant in the heart of Ballina, County Mayo which has established itself as a thriving addition to the fine dining scene in the West of Ireland.

On Mayo Day, Gerry will be joined by award winning chef and commis chef instructor Rory Culkin who will be talking about sustainability in the kitchen environment and the career prospects for those interested in training in the culinary arts.

Daniel and Yvonne – Poacher Restaurant

Yvonne and Daniel from Poacher Restaurant have created an exciting dining experience. Contemporary dining in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. They have a special focus on local sourced ingredients, along with a carefully selected wine list and mouth-watering cocktails. They are a multi award-winning couple in business in Ballina and on Mayo Day they will be cooking a signature dish from their delicious menu and will also be talking about their success since lockdown.

Marcus Robinson – Reel Deel Brewing

Marcus from the Reel Deel Brewing based in Crossmolina and the brewery’s name comes from the fact that the town sits on the River Deel near the northern shore of Lough Conn. This award-winning Brewer will join the producer conversation on Mayo Day in Ballina. He will be speaking at Mayo Day about the Reel Deel Brewing Story, their history, heritage, and product development.

Ronan Fox and Laoise Quinn 

Ronan Fox is an award-winning chef with many years’ experience in the food industry and is curating the food marquee at this years Mayo Day. He is currently the executive chef for Aramark Healthcare.

On Mayo Day he will be joined by Laoise Quinn where they will cook and discuss some affordable healthy meal options for a family that can easily be made to feed them for a week.

Carmel and Mary –  The Irish Soda Bread Way

With a passion for baking and a love of Irish tradition and folklore, Carmel and Mary set up The Irish Soda Bread Way in 2019. The duo were childhood friends in their native Sligo, who ended up in Westport and never left! Carmel spent half a lifetime in the local secondary school teaching Home Economics. Mary, now a Failte Ireland approved Tour Guide, spent equally as long working as a Medical Scientist in the local hospital. Both love meeting people, enjoy the chat and are great fun! You can be sure of real kindness, a genuine Irish welcome and lots of laughter with Carmel and Mary.

Food Retailers

In addition to our cooking demonstrations, we will have some of Mayo's finest food retailers joingin us on the day in our food marquee on Walsh Street. Check out who will be there on the day (click on available links to visit their websites/socials):

Food Vans

We will have some of Mayo's best food van experiences spread across our sites on the day! Check out who is who will be there on the day and where you can find them (click on available links to visit their websites/socials):

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